Social Media thoughts!

I am not sure why social media gets such a bad rap. I not only thoroughly enjoy spending time on Facebook and Twitter but I also learn a lot from these platforms. I get news from all over the world within seconds of things happening and a really wide range of opinions and views on…

English-vinglish!

I read today that a certain state in India has built and runs a large number of government English medium schools. As is the norm these days, social media has exploded in a storm of political mockery and nationalistic outrage at the fact that that state chose English as the medium of instruction, and not…

To Hijab or to Hijab is the question!

I don’t know whether the Hijab has been prescribed by the Quran. Even Muslims are divided in their opinion. Accordingly, some wear the Hijab and some don’t. Really, I don’t care either way. The High Court of Karnataka decided that the Hijab is not prescribed by the Quran. The Court’s other observation is that schools…

Elephantine memories!

My maternal grandfather was terribly mischievous. He created and got into a lot of serious trouble throughout his life.Once my grandfather coated the insides of a coconut with a whole lot of ‘chunnambhu’ or ‘chuna’ (I think it is called lime cement in English, the kind used in our ‘paan’), fed it to an elephant…

India’s diplomatic tightrope walking – my commentary in the India West Journal newspaper in California

Russia and Ukraine are currently engaged in a totally unnecessary but devastating war in which there will be no eventual winner but much tragedy and many losers, whichever way it goes. Thousands of civilians and military personnel have already lost their lives, millions of human beings have or will become refugees, major property has been…

Priyanka Chopra’s surrogacy decision is her personal choice – my article on medium.com

A couple of days ago, Priyanka Chopra and her husband, Nick Jonas, announced that they had welcomed their first child through surrogacy. The outpouring of criticism and resentment on social media has been unbelievable. The reasons for the criticism are wide ranging. The main objection seems to center around their preference for surrogacy over adoption. Some…

I am US citizen and I have every right to opine on India! My article published in The Quint!

https://www.thequint.com/voices/blogs/taking-up-foreign-citizenship-should-not-bar-right-of-opinion-on-indian-matters A few days back, I was ticked off by a friend when I voiced my concern over the state of politics in India. I had taken up American citizenship, he said, surrendered my Indian passport in the process and stayed out of the country for almost 25 years. The small argument inevitably led to…